March 1, 2014 - Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV
For the second consecutive weekend excitement was building as 9:00 am rolled around at Mylan Park Launch Complex 1. Five teams of local middle and high school TARC teams prepared their rockets and took to the launch pad. TARC is the Team America Rocketry Challenge (http://www.rocketcontest.org
). The weather was much better than the previous weekend when wind gusts limited the event to only two launches. Teams from Mountaineer Middle School in Morgantown, East Fairmont Junior High School in Fairmont, and North Marion High School in Marion County participated.
More than a dozen launches occurred, all with successful recoveries. This year's challenge requires the students to launch 2 standard sized eggs, which must be recovered unbroken. Other requirements include using a dual parachute recovery system and a launch weight under 650 grams. Points are awarded by getting as close to an altitude of 825 feet and as close to a flight time between 48 and 50 seconds as possible. Teams with the best score from around the United States are invited to Virginia in early May for the national finals. Several successful qualifying launches were recorded, although there were also several spectacular, scrambled endings :-)
The next events scheduled for the West Virginia Rocketry Association are the regular, monthly meeting on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 7 pm at Black Bear Burrito near the WVU Evansdale campus in Morgantown and a Level 1 Launch Event on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 9 am at Mylan Park.
February 22, 2014 - Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV
In one of the last Saturday's before the deadline for TARC bonus points for early launch qualifications, several local teams showed up, but few launches occurred.
TARC is the Team America Rocketry Challenge, an annual competition developed by the National Association of Rocketry for middle and high school students which aims to encourage interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The weather was beautiful with most of the recent snow gone and temperatures in the high 30s for the morning. However the wind was breezy with gusts over 20 mph. The wind died down long enough for one of the local team coaches to perform a test launch. However, after that the wind intensified and only one more launch occurred. That was a test launch by one of the teams, but stability problems, which appeared unrelated to the wind, were evident with the flight. After that the wind continued unabated and it was decided to scrub all further launch attempts for the day.
The early launch deadline is March 2, 2014, and launches will again be attempted next Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 9 AM again at Mylan Park.